A New Boomer Grandma’s Tips for Buying the Right Stuff

Only two weeks till I become a first-time grandmother – and I desperately need some baby basics. I’m told that the must-have item these days is the Pack ‘n Play. That’s what we used to call a playpen, children, but now it’s a “play yard, complete with options like “micro-fleece newborn napper station, changing table attachment, night light (!), music player (!!) and detachable toy bar. As someone who came of age in the ’60s, may I just say: Shoot me now. …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Rinsing raw chicken doesn’t get rid of bacteria; it just spreads the germs. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Santa Claus doesn’t get jury duty. (Learn more at Yahoo) 3. In Britain, it takes just 58 minutes, on average, for a newborn’s picture to appear on social media. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 4. Plain toast for breakfast can make you fat. (Learn more at AARP) 5. A 93-year-old Brit broke his own world record as the world’s oldest “wing walker.” (Learn more …

Grandparent Bootcamp: Do You Need to Enlist?

In the 30 years I’ve talked with grandparents, there has been one common theme: “I’ve raised children myself. I don’t need to be told how to be a good grandparent!” In the past people tried to set up grandparenting classes, and for the most part they just haven’t panned out. Not enough interest. And yet, in recent years I’m hearing more about classes and workshops geared for expectant grandparents. It seems to be a growing trend … so what has …